[Inpycon] Free pass for two youngest engineer

Arvi Krishnaswamy arvi at alumni.iastate.edu
Fri Sep 12 03:57:17 CEST 2014

Hi Jaseem,

AFAIK, there's at least three scenarios here, which I view differently.

1) Permitting a parent to bring a baby or young child along during the
conference so that they can attend. For instance, one of my colleagues ends
up missing out on the conferences since she has to take her of her young
son, and we dont have child care facilities.

2) Permitting a young adult to attend along to gain exposure to the
conference. I personally think this is great. Whether we ticket these or
not is a separate issue to make a call on.  It might be appropriate to
charge just to cover the cost of food, or to see if we can get a sponsor to
cover some of this. Also, I think Sankarshan has a relevant point in case
there are age appropriate components of a conference - for instance, a
social event, or possibly something regulatory where they must attend with
a parent or guardian

3) Permitting a young adult to present. I personally think this is great as
well. However, I think that the primary criteria ought to be their content.
I think the other point being suggested is that  we need to be careful
about the precedent that gets set if youngest is the criteria, since
there'll be one of those every year and we'll need to invent more criteria


On Fri, Sep 12, 2014 at 2:39 AM, Jaseem Abid <jaseemabid at gmail.com> wrote:

> I'm curious!
> I'd be happy to see kids learning programming early, an opportunity I
> guess most of us missed growing up in India. In the worst case, we lose
> some time, but if this actually turns out to be good, it will touch a lot
> of people leading to greater good. Thanks to Vijay for bringing this up.
> Also, how old should someone be to require a ticket to attend pycon? Can a
> kid just come along with his parent? Just to see if he is interested in the
> whole business?
> On Thu, Sep 11, 2014 at 11:39 PM, Arvi Krishnaswamy <
> arvi at alumni.iastate.edu> wrote:
>> On Thu, Sep 11, 2014 at 11:03 PM, sankarshan <foss.mailinglists at gmail.com
>> > wrote:
>>> However, I'd shy away from doing messaging around "youngest *". They
>>> are receiving a free pass because the committee respects their work
>>> and desires that it be shared with an audience.
>> ​+1 - I was also a bit queasy about youngest being the criteria that may
>> be implied, although it is one of the criteria that is relevant in this
>> case.  I think Vijay will take care of ensuring this is communicated
>> effectively.
>>> > BTW who is Mr Patil (who has submitted the entry in the funnel
>>> >
>>> http://in.pycon.org/funnel/2014/120-expeyes-python-powered-open-source-portable-science-lab
>>> )?
>>> > Is that their teacher?  If so, what is their contribution to this
>>> versus
>>> > what the teacher has taught them and will be getting them to present?
>>> Will
>>> > this be setting a precedent now that Python is getting popular at
>>> schools?
>>> > How will be develop guidance on this for the future?
>>> A policy around this should probably be around the quantity/quality of
>>> work. Do Python Conferences have any specific T&C around individuals
>>> who are not yet 'adults' (as per the local criteria)? Asking this
>>> because it is better to sort that out now than later
>> ​Good question! Who would be the right person to check in with about
>> this?​
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